Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention over the weekend and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
On Halloween, Killer Mike and El-P performed “Early” off Run the Jewels 2 for David Letterman. They brought along Boots, who is also listed as a producer on Meow the Jewels, and a host of back-up dancers dressed in Día de Muertos costumes. This time, there was not a cat in sight. But fingers crossed for a feline presence at their future events.
Nick Oliveri also joined Queens of the Stone Age, in costume mind you, for a Halloween show. They’d previously discussed the possibility, and Oliveri joined the band on stage during “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire.” They continued on to play “Quick and to the Pointless,” “Autopilot,” “Another Love Song” and “Gonna Leave You.” This does not necessarily mean that Oliveri will be rejoining the group. It seems like the possibility might be open, but that issue has yet to be officially addressed.
Then on Saturday, the Purple One ruled the airways. How did Prince create one hell of a monster Saturday Night Live performance? He played for an unprecedented eight minutes on SNL; performing “Clouds,” “Plectrum Electrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love” with his band 3rdEyeGirl and guest singer Lianne La Havas. Can you imagine strutting in and telling Lorne Michaels that you’re not to be interrupted for eight minutes on national television? Only Prince. And the look on his face when he bows at the end? Prince knows that he freaking rocked the set and doesn’t even care to pretend otherwise.
While Prince was jamming, the SNL crew were determined not to let Taylor Swift off the hook. They struck back at New York’s latest global ambassador and addressed a growing concern. Remember. “Taylor Swift vertigo can strike any time, any place.”
Last May, Rihanna was banned from Instagram and we’ve been missing her social media presence ever since. Not to worry though. Over the weekend, her account was restored just in time to address the new rumors about her collaboration with Beyoncé.
And although we speculated that the potential release of Beyoncé Vol. 2 might be the reason that Nicki Minaj pushed back the release date of The Pinkprint, she’s not letting us forget the new album is on its way. First, Minaj released a few teaser trailers to whet our appetites:
Then she shared the art work for the deluxe edition of the album via Instagram as well, thanking the “Kanye West” team for their help.
And amongst the flutter of news on Instagram this weekend, Sky Ferreira also decided to join in on the fun. Without giving away to many details, Ferreira teased us by hinting at the possibility of new music. Let’s hope that our instincts are correct and we’ll be seeing new tracks from the follow-up to Night Time, My Time soon.
With all the hullabaloo over the weekend, former Refused guitarist Jon Brännström decided that it was the right time to let people know that he had been fired from the band on the group’s Facebook page. Brännström claimed not to know why he’d been let go, but it doesn’t look as though the parting of ways was even that recent. The band was quick to snap back with a statement of their own. They addressed Brännström’s accusations and said:
Any collective effort will have its ups and downs and when people really pour their hearts into something, things get complicated. We cut ties with Jon already in 2013 because he did not share our passion for the band. We don’t know why he decided to emit this narrative on facebook or why he did it now, instead of just calling one of us up, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
And on that note, happy Monday kids.